Sunday, February 23, 2014
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Thomas C. Paschal
ALBANY - Friends and relatives and former patients of Dr. Thomas C. Paschal of Albany will be glad to know that after a quick and painless death he is now whole again. Dr Paschal, or Dr Tom, or “Doc”, as he was variously known, depending on exactly when you met him, was born here in Albany at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital on May 3, 1953. He also died here ( in easy walking distance of Phoebe) in his bed at home on 715 W. 3rd Avenue. Dr. Tom was a 1971 graduate of what was then called Deerfield School. He was a physics- and-chemistry major at Emory University and later studied medicine at the Medical College of Georgia. He did a residency in Pediatrics at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. — which is one of the premier pediatric programs in the country. He did so well there that he was offered the position of chief-resident but he turned down that highly-coveted position, so that he could come home and enter practice with his father to enable his father to retire earlier than would have been possible otherwise. “Dr Tom” practiced pediatrics here for ten years, first with his father, Dr. J. Dean Paschal, then alone until an attempt on his life in 1988 rendered him severely handicapped and brain damaged. He struggled with that dual affliction, only partially successfully, to the great and enduring heartbreak of all who knew him, up until the beginning of last week, when all of his trials ended. He is survived by his brother Dr. Lewis Dean Paschal, a physician in New Orleans.
Dr. Tom wanted to be cremated and that has already been done at Kimbrell Stern funeral home. There will be a funeral and services— also likely at Kimbrell Stern— but not quite yet. Be patient, please. The services will come. Those of us who knew and loved Tom will need some time to adjust to this.
You may sign the online guest book and share your own special thoughts with the family of Dr. Paschal by visiting Kimbrell-Stern’s website at http://www.kimbrellstern.com/.
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